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Monday, June 05, 2006

England arrives in Germany with Rooney and Defoe

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England National team arrived in Germany for the World Cup on Monday, with a really big expectation. They have one of their best teams since they won the title in 1966.

The squad arrived with the players walking the short distance from the plane to their transportation vehicle, emblazoned with the slogan "One Nation, One Trophy, Eleven Lions" - a reference to the animal that's on the England crest.

As we saw, Sven-Goran Eriksson and Football Association chief executive Brian Barwick were handed large bunches of red roses and white lilies by local officials.

David Beckham, one of the symbols of this team, was the first player off the plane, followed by injured striker Wayne Rooney. The Manchester United forward returns to England on Wednesday to have another scan on his broken right foot. England has until Friday to decide whether to keep Wayne Rooney or call up standby striker Jermain Defoe, who also travelled to Germany.

According to our sources, England is staying at the isolated Schlosshotel Buhlerhohe, in the mountains above the spa town of Baden-Baden.

The British team had trained outside London before flying to Germany. Beckham and defenders Ashley Cole and John Terry were rested because of ankle, thigh and knee injuries. FA spokesman Adrian Bevington expressed that they sat out training purely as a precaution and would all be available for England's first match against Paraguay on Saturday in Frankfurt.

Bevington also told us that Gary Neville and Rooney trained separately with physios. Neville was rested from England's final warmup match on Saturday - a 6-0 win over Jamaica - because of a hamstring injury.

"Gary is expected to train tomorrow and Wayne will continue with the rehabilitation of his foot with England's medical staff," Bevington claims.

Coach Eriksson is confident Rooney will stay with the squad, a hope boosted after reports said he was running and kicking a ball with both feet during training on Friday.

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